Pressures to revive the economic machine in Switzerland are becoming more and more pressing on the Federal Council. The UDC, the PLR and the business community are calling for the reopening of businesses and businesses after April 19. The unions and the Greens are calling for at least one exit strategy, while the PS warns of the temptation of a rapid recovery.
Isolation of infected people, wearing a mask, strict entry controls: the SVP asked the Federal Council a few days ago to modify its strategy for combating the coronavirus as early as mid-April. Otherwise, the damage to the economy will be difficult to repair. It remains to find common ground.
Petra Gssi wants to reopen shops
In the NZZ am Sonntag, the president of the PLR Petra Gssi calls for the reopening of all shops that can comply with the security measures of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), namely the distance of two meters for all people in the store and all hygiene rules. If we do not do so, we risk unnecessarily compromising understanding of the measures taken by the Federal Council, she said.
The Federal Council must now develop a strategy in which economic and social risks also play a role, indicates the president of the USS Pierre-Yves Maillard in the SonntagsZeitung. Unions have been working with employers on a solution for days.
The Federal Council is studying
The Federal Council received several proposals. Next Wednesday, he should decide if he wants to follow the path with us. Pierre-Yves Maillard and the president of the Swiss employers’ union Valentin Vogt were apparently close to a solution last Wednesday, but Seco would have vetoed.
Swissmem president Hans Hess explained what a reopening might look like in an interview with the Sonntagszeitung: industry, grocery stores, pharmacies and post offices have learned how to implement the recommendations of the FOPH. Many other stores and businesses could learn from it, he believes.
The boss of the bosses reluctant
This decision belongs only to the Federal Council, said Valentin Vogt on the airwaves of the SRF German radio. The economy simply has to prepare for it well. The Swiss employers’ union is working on an exit strategy: a coherent plan will be ready within a week. Restarting is not a matter of health or economy, but of health and economy. Nobody wants a second wave of infection.
If the Federal Council eased the measures on April 19, that would fuel false hopes. Politicians should not start playing amateur epidemiologists, said PS president Christian Levrat.
Discussions about ending emergency measures are confusing at best, and dangerous at worst, for national councilor Roger Nordmann. A second wave of contagion would be a disaster.
Greens Regula Rytz says health care professionals need to set the pace. If they find it reasonable to start relaxing the rules by April 19, that would be great. Otherwise, we will have to hold out longer. For the Bernese, however, it is high time for the Federal Council to propose scenarios for exiting semi-containment.
(nxp / ats)